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Coming soon to downtown Phoenix: two sports books, two blocks apart?

For the last 23 years, the Diamondbacks and Suns have been congenial neighbors, and during those few months in which their seasons overlapped, friendly competitors for our entertainment dollars.

That relationship will change this fall when both are due to open to sports books at their downtown Phoenix venues.

Don’t like the vibe at the book in the Suns Arena at 201 East Jefferson? Too crowded? They’re out of potato skins?

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Sept. 9, about five months after the Arizona legislature passed, and Gov. Doug Ducey signed, a bill allowing 20 sports books to open in the state.

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June 7, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Suns fans react to a basket tying the game during the first quarter at the Phoenix Suns Arena. Patrick Breen-Arizona Republic

As many as 10 will be operated by sports franchises, and another 10 by tribes.

So far, three sports franchises and/or venues have announced plans: the Suns, Diamondbacks and TPC Scottsdale, home of the Waste Management Phoenix Open golf tournament.

The Cardinals and Coyotes are expected to soon join that group, and their books will be just down the street from each other in Glendale.

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